Archive for December, 2012

Post Typhoon Bopha/Pablo: Immediate observations and reflections

Posted: December 6, 2012 by Steven Forrest in Topical

(This article was written by Hannah Tankard on the 5th December 2012 from San Francisco in the Philippines. Hannah is currently interning with the Red Cross and is helping with their emergency response to the disaster)

It is difficult to describe what Veruela looked like today, so here is an attempt: like a bomb site; a scene from a horror movie about a wide-ranging exploded nuclear power station; or perhaps imagine a scene from the movie The Day After Tomorrow. Homes were destroyed, whole forests flattened, there was infrastructural damage, landslides, flooding, no electricity and many, many, many, vulnerable people evacuated, some without food. It is clear from this one municipality alone that immediate relief is a must. With the Red Cross team I was with today we went to a barangay quite remote from the centre of this town. The relief effort has begun when we started to help out with emergency food. My personal contribution felt so limited considering all the devastation surrounding me. (more…)